Ice Box Cookies

These cookies are wonderfully easy to make cookies. Ice Box cookies are perfect for when you want to bake cookies in a hurry, this dough needs to be chilled before using. This recipe came from my former husband’s Grandmother, and we ate lots of these cookies over the years.

plate with 2 cookies

Ice box cookies are so easy to make.

Ice Box Cookies

You can add any color you like to these icebox cookies.   
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Ice Box Cookies
Servings: 36
Calories: 79kcal


  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts


  • Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and egg and beat until blended. Sift dry ingredients together, and add nuts if desired. Gradually add to sugar mixture stirring after each addition. Shape into long rolls on waxed paper. 
  • Chill in refrigerator for several hours. Slice into 1/8 to 1/2 inch think. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 400 degrees for about 7 minutes. You can also make pinwheels by dividing dough into two equal sections, add food coloring of your choice, and roll out even sections of the two colors of dough.


Calories: 79kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 143mg | Potassium: 16mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Peggy Mahoney

    Something isn’t quite right with the recipe, what is the bean and how do you get the pinwheels. Are they different flavors. Help please

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